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Carmina Burana with the Calder Project

April 19-22, 2012

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

By Stephanie

If you’ve seen “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art” already, I’m sure you’ve noticed the importance of balance,  movement and space in Calder’s work. The mobiles effortlessly glide and  twirl through the airalmost like dancers. The Carolina Ballet has certainly noticed, taking their cue from the lightness and gracefulness of Calder’s mobiles in their latest choreography for the Carmina Burana program, The Calder Project. From April 19 through April 22 they are performing three ballets inspired by the Nasher Museum’s Calder exhibition: Calderiana, choreographed by principal dancer Timour Bourtasenkov, I Mobile by company member Zalman Raffael, and The Ghost by Tyler Walters, the director of Carolina Ballet’s Ruth Shur Summer Intensive and a member of the dance faculty at Duke University. This is the third time the Nasher Museum and the Carolina Ballet have collaborated, after successfully presenting  Don Quixote, inspired by “El Greco to Velasquez, Art during the Reign of Philip III,” as well as four ballets inspired by “Picasso and the Allure of Language.”  Both experts in balance and movement, Calder and the Carolina Ballet will certainly be perfect dance partners in this latest performance.

Stop by the Nasher Museum this week to see the Calder exhibition before visiting the Carolina Ballet for their Calder-inspired Carmina Burana program.  For times and tickets call 919-719-0900 or go to To learn more about “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art” visit the Nasher Museum’s website.

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